Contractors & No Parking

Now that the warm weather is upon us, landscapers will be back at work.  The Police have asked that we remind contractors that they must adhere to the No Parking signs posted on various street throughout the Borough.  For the safety of motorists, the Police will be enforcing No Parking ordinances.

Borough Ordinance 116-38 allows for lawn mowing by contractors during the following times:

No person other than the homeowner shall conduct landscaping or lawn maintenance activities with engine-powered equipment other than between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Mondays through Fridays); 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Saturdays); and 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Sundays).

Also, as a reminder, Borough Ordinance 116-37 limits the hours for commercial contractors for home and commercial repairs to the following:

No person shall conduct excavation, demolition, construction, repair or alteration work other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and not on Sundays, except that a homeowner may conduct construction, repair or alteration work on his/her own dwelling or property between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Thank you.

JCP&L 2021 Tree Trimming Program to Enhance Service Reliability

 JCP&L 2021 Tree Trimming Program to Enhance Service Reliability  
Work includes trimming along more than 3,700 miles of power lines in 13 New Jersey counties  

Morristown, N.J. – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is conducting tree trimming work along more than 3,700 miles of power lines across its 13-county service territory as part of its annual vegetation management program. This work helps keep power flowing to customers around the clock by preventing tree-related outages. 

So far this year, tree contractors have trimmed along approximately 400 miles of electric lines in the JCP&L service area, with an additional 3,300 miles expected to be completed by year end. Overall, JCP&L expects to spend approximately $41 million on its vegetation management program in 2021. “Our company foresters and certified tree experts work year-round to properly maintain trees and vegetation, helping reduce both the frequency and duration of power outages,” said Alex Patton, vice president of Operations for JCP&L. “This work is making a positive difference in keeping the lights on for our customers, especially during severe weather when trees have the potential to damage our equipment.”  

Conducted by certified forestry contractors under the company’s direction, JCP&L’s tree trimming program is done on a four-year cycle and includes inspecting vegetation near the lines to ensure trees are pruned in a manner that helps preserve the health of the tree, while also maintaining proper clearances around electrical equipment.          This year’s program continues to focus on identifying and proactively removing deteriorated ash trees near electric distribution lines, primarily in JCP&L’s northern service territory, that have been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that originated in Asia. First confirmed in the U.S. in 2002, the infestation has spread to New Jersey and more than 35 states. More than 980 dead and dying ash trees have been removed this year in the JCP&L footprint and nearly 18,500 since the initiative began in New Jersey in 2017.  

JCP&L works with municipalities to proactively inform them of vegetation management schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way are notified prior to work being performed. To further decrease tree-related outages, JCP&L’s foresters also are working to educate residents who live near company equipment about the importance of properly maintaining the trees on their own property.      JCP&L serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at or online at


FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.comand follow on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.  

Editor’s Note: Photos of workers using bucket trucks to trim trees near FirstEnergy power lines are available for download on Flickr. A video explaining FirstEnergy’s vegetation management techniques can also be found on YouTube.  

JCP&L Pre-Flight Notification Reminder

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g/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Helicopter-3.23.21.png” download=”all” viewer=”google”]We would like to remind you that JCP&L will be performing  the work described below through approximately April 30th.  
Please be advised that JCP&L will be performing Helicopter patrols of our transmission lines beginning March 24th, through approximately April 30th, weather permitting. English Air Service/ Geodigital will be mobilizing and will begin performing routine patrols on all transmission lines. The patrols are expected to take approximately 5 weeks to complete but as always, completion can be impeded due to inclement weather and any patrol work related to outages and/or storm restoration. The following helicopters will be used for the routine patrols:

Bell 206B Jet Ranger – N533RA – green and white 
Photo attached. 

A routine patrol is a general, overall look at the transmission line, right-of-way, structures, and all associated hardware where the inspection crew is trying to look for any obvious/outstanding maintenance conditions. A Routine Patrol is typically flown around 25-30 knots (30-35mph) but the helicopter may be seen hovering or circling structures or spans of a transmission line to get a better look at any conditions found during the patrol(s).

It should be noted that the contractor has been authorized to patrol the transmission circuits in their entirety (i.e. “breaker-to-breaker”), so patrols on certain lines may therefore extend into the neighboring regions. The flight crew provides information on their daily location to both FE Transmission Lines Maintenance and the FCC, and the pilot will be in communication with any local airports when in their airspace.  (See attached file: Helicopter 3.23.21.png)

Scheduled Burn – 50 North Road

Please be advised that the Borough of Chester, in conjunction with the State Forestry Service and the Fire Department will be conducting a small invasive species burn at the Seward Hill Preserve at 50 North Rd.  The burn is expected to last for two hours.  The Fire Department will remain on the scene for the duration of the burn.  We may be given very short notice as to when the burn may occur, as it is weather dependent.  We will give residents as much notice as possible.